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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,022 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1022
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002)
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 review:
Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No obvious "bottled on" date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Thought I'd revisit this one, since it had been five years since I last tasted this beer (and also five years since I'd last seen it). I must have gotten an old bottle previously, or the recipe changed substantially, as Bell's Consecrator is now a tasty double bock, right up there with some of the better German imports.

Pours a light tan to dirty white head of smallish bubbles, declining to a thin ring around the glass and faint islands of foam in the middle. Leaves very little lacing. Amber-red-brown in color, dark, almost opaque, but still transparent. No visible carbonation.

Scents of dried brown figs that meet caramel malts, baked brown bread, raisins, and dates. Very smooth, generally delectable.

Taste features sweet waves of dried fruit (raisins, dates, figs) first, then hits heavy with barley malt and dark bread flavors. At times, a bit hot (ethanol) in he back, which is kind of disappointing that this shows through with such a big malt presence. Aftertaste of malt sweetness tempered with some actual hop bitterness.

Generally smooth mouthfeel with medium to medium-heavy body. Finish is dry from use of hops and slight stickiness.

Good, on par with some of the better imports. A 6% version would be amazing.

2006 review:
Picked this one up via a trade with jpm30. Prosit!

Pours a one-and-a-half head that quickly falls to a thin ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass; lacing is nonexistent. The body is a murky, reddish-brown color with visible, slowly percolating carbonation.
The scent is rather bland, mostly consisting of tepid malt sweetness and hints of cut, ripe apples. Taste is similar, but more complex, consisting of caramel malt, syrup, toffee, some nuttiness, faint hints of alcohol, and a bit of oddly-placed popcorn essence. The aftertaste is biscuity and slightly bitter.
The palate experiences this beer as medium to full bodied with a more active than average level of carbonation, appropriate for the thickness. Finish is dry. With the higher alcohol content, this beer is personally only drinkable one at a time. An average doppelbock, somewhat disappointing in its presentation and olfactory qualities, with only minor improvements in taste; not sure if aging would offer any improvements.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 03:19:08 | More by falloutsnow
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Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of light golden tan head, you can hear the effervescence as you pour, body is a translucent red copper, with lots of carb in the body. The beer retains a solid cap throughout the session.

Smell - Dark ripe fruits, dark roasted toffee, fresh baked wheat bread, very light amaretto, and a light vanilla carmel.

Taste - Very much like the nose, this starts off with sweet dark ripe fruits and dark toffee, and right behind you get a semi-sweet baked dark wheat breadiness, then a hint of alcohol and amaretto flavor joins in, then very light breadcrusts and some faint minerals, and finally a hint of grassy hops that round out a lightly bitter finale. But this does not finish clean, and I like this here - nearly all of these flavors remain in the mouth (especially the corners) long after each sip.

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Consecrator Doppelbock by Bell's Brewery
poured from a12oz. bottle into my Ragtime Ricks beer mug

P-packaging: standard brown bottle cool label with two single goats 3.75

A-appearance : amber copper color, with a orange-ish tan to finger head 4.5

S- smell: caramel, malts and faint alcohol 4.25

T-taste: mmmm malty, follows the nose caramel roasted malt doughy and a little warming alcohol 4.25

M-mouthfeel : full bodied, mild carbonation malts give way to alcohol lingers a little 4.25

D-drinkability: a little heavy but mild enough to enjoy a couple 4.0

O-overall: enjoyed this one, great effort from Bells 4.25

200th rated beer. Much anticipated Doppel, did not disappoint. will have again
-J

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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